RIO DE JANEIRO – Gabriel Bonfim beat Mounir Lazzez with a first-round submission Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC 283 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Take a look inside the fight with Bonfim, who got a win in his promotional debut not long after his brother did the same earlier on the card.
Gabriel Bonfim vs. Mounir Lazzez
Jan 21, 2023; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Gabriel Bonfim (red gloves) reacts to fight against Mounir Lazzez (blue gloves) during UFC 283 at Jeunesse Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports
Result: Gabriel Bonfim def. Mounir Lazzez via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:49
Updated records: Bonfim (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) def. Mounir Lazzez (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Key stat: Bonfim has all 14 of his pro wins by stoppage, including 11 submissions. His past three wins all have been in the first round, and on increasingly bigger stages: first for the LFA welterweight title, then on Dana White’s Contender Series to earn a UFC contract, then at UFC 283.
Bonfim on the fight's key moment
Jan 21, 2023; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Gabriel Bonfim (red gloves) fights Mounir Lazzez (blue gloves) during UFC 283 at Jeunesse Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jason da Silva-USA TODAY Sports
“(There was) no pressure at all. There was maybe a little pressure on (Dana White’s) Contender Series, but when I was waiting for the curtains to open (to walk out), there was no pressure there. Then when the curtains opened, I saw everyone and I was still no pressure. I knew what I had to do. I had to go out and do my thing. So no pressure.”
Bonfim on watching brother Ismael win first
Gabriel Bonfim, Ismael Bonfim
“When I saw that beautiful knee, I said, ‘Yeah, I’ve got to go out there and do something.’ I’m happy I got the quick submission.”
Ismael Bonfim on what he and his brother want next
“We want to be back fighting as quick as possible. We’re going to go back home, talk to our manager, (and) see what’s coming up. We’re healthy – no injuries – so we just want to get back out there as quickly as possible.”
To hear more from Bonfim, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.
For more on the card, visit MMA Junkie’s event hub for UFC 283.